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The Beatniks (1960)

| Crime | 1960 (USA)
A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.


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Complete credited cast:
Tony Travis Tony Travis ... Eddy Crane
Karen Kadler Karen Kadler ... Iris
Peter Breck ... Mooney
Joyce Terry Joyce Terry ... Helen Tracy
Bob Wells ... Chuck
Sam Edwards ... Red
Charles Delaney ... Bayliss
Stanley Farrar Stanley Farrar ... Morrissey (as Stan Farrar)
Claude Stroud ... Hotel Manager
Martha Wentworth ... Nadine
Frank Worth Frank Worth ... Bartender
Bob Pacquin Bob Pacquin ... Hotel Detective


Eddie Crane is on his way to becoming a top recording star...if he can only break away from his lawless beatnik friends who are his only companions. Trouble ensues when his friends kill a bartender during a botched hold-up. Written by Chris Cuomo

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Living By Their Code Of REBELLION And MUTINY! See more »









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1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sideburns and Sympathy See more »

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Glenville Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Voice actor Paul Frees's first and only directorial effort. See more »


When the gang returns to the hotel after Eddie tries to contact Helen at her apartment, the boom mic is visible in the hotel room. See more »


[Eddy brings his gang into Bayliss's office, where they meet with TV station manager Ray Morrissey]
Iris: Are you the guy's who's gonna put Eddy on the TV?
Mr. Ray Morrissey: Well, I don't know, miss. Eh, we came down to hear him sing. If he's anything like, uh...
Iris: Oh, come *on*, pop! Eddy can sing rings around any of 'em! He can sing better than any of 'em -
Eddy Crane: Shut up, Iris.
Iris: But I just wanted -
Eddy Crane: You hear what I said?
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WARNING!! There are no Beatniks in this Movie
3 April 2006 | by kilgore2345See all my reviews

This is my largest complaint; no Beatnik culture, no snapping fingers and performance poetry, marijuana, not even the stereotypical black clothes and sunglasses -- how can you get that part wrong? Instead the "Beatniks" are mostly your typical 50s squares and range to a geek-greaser (Mooney) and the lone woman in the group, think of a "Grease" Frenchy-Rizzo mix.

Since, the majority of the plot of this movie revolves around Eddie's musical ability the audience gets plenty of solo performances. The music is fine for a low budget movie like "Beatniks", nothing you will remember past the end credits. Again, even when Eddie was a "Beatnik" he wasn't singing Beatnik music, more like Mel Torme-like crooning.

Other glaring mistakes in this movie is the continuity (see the GOOFS section) and the character of Moon is just ridiculous, with a catch phrase that will live on forever (I'm gonna MOON ya'!). The Eddie character is a little annoying in his inconsistency -- is he a goon with a heart of gold or just a jerk? All in all this is a very, very bad movie.

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